Battle Ground Academy will induct new members into its Alumni, Sports and Faculty Hall of Fame during a ceremony Sept. 28 at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs, as well as honor its Distinguished Young Alumna as part of the school’s homecoming weekend festivities.
“The induction of these deserving men and women is a reminder to our students, families and alumni that BGA graduates really can do anything with their education,” BGA Head of School Will Kesler said. “Whether prepared for medicine, commerce, athletics or community service, our graduates excel in every field possible.
“We are delighted to welcome these BGA greats into our Hall of Fame. I know their accomplishments inspire me, and I hope that they will do the same for all of our students and graduates.”
Being honored this year are (bios below):
Alumni Hall of Fame: Dr. Allen French Anderson (deceased), Class of 1968; Ronald Sanders Ligon Sr., Class of 1955
Sports Hall of Fame: Bradley Kenneth Jones, Class of 1986; Brandon Scott Jones, Class of 1989; Matthew Ryan Ridings, Class of 2006
Distinguished Young Alumna: Tara Hodgson Moseley, Class of 2005
Mike Keith, a 1986 BGA graduate, member of the independent school’s Hall of Fame and Voice of the Tennessee Titans, will serve as the presenter. For more information on BGA’s Hall of Fame event on and to purchase tickets, visit BattleGroundAcademy.org.
BGA 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Alumni Hall of Fame:
Dr. Allen French Anderson, Class of 1968 – Fittingly enough, as captain of his varsity football team, Dr. Anderson received the designation “most athletic” as his senior superlative. Following BGA, he attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a double major of economics and pre-med. After his undergraduate studies, he went on to earn his MD at UT’s Medical School in Memphis. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University from 1976-81. Dr. Anderson’s tradition of success did not end with his formal schooling. After his residency, he began a 37-year career at the Lipscomb clinic which later became TN Orthopedic Alliance.
Dr. Anderson passed away in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Candy, as well as their three sons and two daughters-in-law: Brian Anderson, David and Laura Anderson and Chris and Jeanna Anderson. They also have six grandchildren: Eleanor, Caroline, Frances, Evelynn, Benjamin and Allen.
Ronald Sanders Ligon Sr., Class of 1955 – Ligon was senior vice president of his class at BGA and a member of the student advisory committee his senior year. He was vice president of Student Council, Honor Council, Greer Society and Beta Club during his time at BGA. Ligon played varsity football for three years and received All-Midstate honorable mention as a guard. He earned the superlatives “most dependable,” “friendliest” and “most energetic” as a senior. Upon graduation, Ligon received the Durwood Sies Leadership Award and the Spanish Award for First in Class. Ligon went on to attend Vanderbilt University and became a brother of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Ligon has worked in the banking, real estate and travel industries throughout his professional career.
Ligon married his wife, Marty, in 1977, and together they have five children and seven grandchildren. Ligon is part of a long lineage of BGA alumni including brother, H. Winston Ligon, Class of 1944; son, Sandy Ligon, Class of 1980; daughter-in-law Susan Cone Ligon, Class of 1985; daughter-in-law, Stacey Dell Ligon, Class of 1986; son, Matt C. Ligon, Class of 1987; granddaughter, Jessica Ligon, Class of 2015; and Matthew C. Ligon Jr., Class of 2018.
Sports Hall of Fame:
Bradley Kenneth Jones, Class of 1986 – A veteran in the professional sports league industry, Jones has been employed by the National Basketball Association for 17 years. Jones got involved in sports during his freshman year at BGA. He contributed to the success of BGA’s basketball team his junior and senior years. After graduation, he continued his studies at Lambuth University and earned a biology degree before receiving his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Memphis.
While at Lambuth, Jones was named to the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team twice. He received NAIA’s designation of a National Scholar-Athlete in 1990 and was also elected “Lambuth Athlete of the Year.” Jones combined his deeply rooted school pride with his affinity for sports when he became an assistant basketball coach at Lambuth University. He was promoted to head basketball coach in 1997. In 2007, Jones became the head coach of the D-League Utah Flash.
In 2010, Brad was hired by the San Antonio Spurs to coach their D-League team, the Austin Toros. He led the Toros to the D League championship in 2012. Jones joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant in 2012. Over the next five years, he worked with the Jazz and served one year as player personnel scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves and as the general manager of their G-League team before his journey brought him back to Tennessee. In 2018, he was named head coach of the Memphis Hustle. In July 2019, Jones was hired as assistant coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. He and his wife Lori, live in Lakeland with their three children, Justin, Isabella and Jackson.
Brandon Scott Jones, Class of 1989 – Jones epitomizes the idea of the dedicated student-athlete. During his time at BGA, he earned 12 letters, and served as captain on the football, basketball and baseball teams his senior year. He is the only BGA athlete to be named “Most Valuable Player” in three sports in one year — football, basketball and baseball — during the 1988-89 school year. During his time at BGA, Jones was named to numerous All-County, All District, All-Mid State and All-Region teams. Brandon earned First Team All-Metro honor his senior year when all public and private schools were included for honors. His legacy continued at Lambuth University where he was named Lambuth “Male Athlete of the Year” in 1992 and again in 1993.
Jones found his niche outside of sports in 2006 when he became a State Farm Insurance agent. Brandon developed and administered the Madison County AAU organization for nine years. He organized and supervised a sanctioned AAU tournament for seven years. He and his wife, Ranee, and three daughters, Anna, Emily and Olivia, live in Jackson, Tennessee.
Matthew Ryan Ridings, Class of 2006 – Among other accolades, Ridings divided his time at BGA between the baseball and basketball teams. In baseball, he was named to the All-State team and was a two-time Region Player of the Year. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, an officer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he received the Nashville Sports Council Foundation’s scholarship his senior year. After BGA, he attended Western Kentucky University and earned a degree in business management.
He was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Athletic and Academic Accomplishments, as well as a President’s Scholar. He holds Western Kentucky baseball’s record of 34 wins and 354 strikeouts. He’s also the Sun Belt Conference Career Leader in wins. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 2009 MLB Draft, and later by the Kansas City Royals in the 2010 MLB Draft. He played three seasons in the Kansas City Royals Minor League system, reaching AA.
After a successful professional baseball career, Ridings became the Patient Care Coordinator at 4UMD, LLC before leaving to pursue a project management role with Schneider Electric’s Data Center Solutions Department. Ridings currently lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Christian “Blakely,” BGA Class of 2008, and two children, Ryan Grace and Landrie. They are also expecting a baby boy in February.
Distinguished Young Alumna:
Tara Hodgson Moseley, Class of 2005 – During her time at BGA, Moseley was a member of the soccer team and a four-year letter winner. She was named to All-State, All-County and All-Region all four years. She was All Offensive Player of the Year as a Senior. Moseley led the team in both goals and assists all four years. She also lettered in swimming during her freshman and senior campaigns, earning team MVP honors as a freshman. She was a member of the Greer Society. After BGA, she went on to attend the University of Washington on a soccer scholarship, where she made the Dean’s List, before graduating from the University of San Diego with an English degree in 2009.
Moseley received a Division I scholarship to play soccer at UW and later transferred to USD. She was offered a spot in the WPSL, at the time the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States, and one of the top leagues in the world. However, after graduating with honors from USD, she started an international wedding photography business based out of Newport Beach, California. Moseley lives in Franklin with her husband, Clint, and their three children, Maxx Pride, Bayylor Sierra and Boone Wylder.